Albany -- It's getting busy at the post office. The volume of mail moving through the Albany Post office has already increased. They expect the volume of mail to increase over the next weeks.
Sorting machines move thousands of letters through the Albany Post office every hour. The Chief operating officer of the U.S. Postal Service says nationwide mail volume has increased one percent of last year.
That increase is also being seen in Albany. Mail Processing Manager Jay Santana said "We normally process about a million pieces a day here in Albany at the Post Office. But we've already increased to one point 5 million starting this past Monday, and we have not seen a slow down."
The Albany center is a hub, servicing the mail to 78 post offices around Southwest Georgia. 15 extra employees have been added for the holiday rush.
There are some things you can do to help make sure your mail is delivered on time. Santana said "The biggest thing is to make sure the address is legible, the envelope has a clean name, clean address, a clean zip code. If you don't know the zip code, don't guess. Go into USPS.com and they can go into the zip code locators to help them with the zip code."
By the end of the holiday season, the U.S.Postal Service will move 20 billion pieces of mail. That means nearly 700 million packages and letters every day .
December 15th is the busiest day of the year at the Post Office. More than 900 million packages and letters are expected to be handled that day. December 17th will be the busiest delivery day.